ACU students enrolled in a Bachelor Degree program can work with new International English Language (ELICOS) students to assist them in adjusting to ACU, Melbourne and Sydney. ACU students help ELICOS students to feel more integrated and help them to build a social network with local students already in their future degree programs.

ACU students also assist our ELICOS teachers in classroom activities or in Special Interest Group workshops, and attend student social events and excursions, orientation days and graduations.

Objectives of the Program:

  • Help ELICOS students to better adjust to the ACU environment;
  • Help ELICOS students to build their confidence with their spoken English and pronunciation through socialization, meetups, clubs and societies;
  • Introduce ELICOS students to Melbourne and Sydney life: transport system, opening a bank account and finding accommodation;
  • Help ELICOS students to feel welcome, make friends and feel supported both at ACU, in Melbourne and Sydney. 

The role

We are looking for volunteers that are keen to work with international students, and who are patient, friendly and welcoming. Students should be interested in learning about other cultures and have a good understanding about ACU, Melbourne and Sydney (culture, activities, events, and systems), so as to be able to share this knowledge with new arrivals both to ACU, Melbourne and Sydney.

ACU student volunteers will:

  • attend ELICOS Orientation Sessions and provide campus tours and information to new students.
  • help teachers in communicative class activities.
  • accompany ELICOS students on special events and excursions and help provide social support while interacting with local communities.

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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